Things To Do in Chicago this Weekend with Kids: Mexican Independence, Book Fest

The kids are back in school at last, and there's a lot (more) to celebrate this weekend for Chicago families, plenty of it FREE. Festivals and parades in honor of Mexican Independence Day come to Pilsen and Aurora, and the harvest moon is celebrated with traditional Chinese mooncakes and lanterns at the Mid-Autumn Festival. It's also the 150th anniversary of the landmark Chicago Water Tower this weekend, which means a fun neighborhood festival on the Mag Mile. Plus, the World Music Festival kicks off with an all-ages pan-Latin concert lineup on Saturday.

Lakeview East and Ravenswood both host neighborhood art fairs this weekend, and there are fall festivals in Orland Park and Carol Stream. Kids can touch trucks or touch turtles, roast marshmallows at a harvest bonfire, rock out to The Beatles, or meet Elsa and Anna at a special screening of Frozen. And at the 23rd annual Children's Book Fair in Hyde Park, your whole fam can pick up some new page-turners for fall.

Believe it or not, those are just the highlights—see more ideas for this weekend below, and keep an eye on our event calendar and ever-growing lists of Fall Festivals and Free Things To Do this Fall in Chicago. And don't forget that apple picking season is full swing: Pick a pretty peck at these apple orchards near Chicago.

Things to Do in Philly this Weekend: Peppa Pig, Faerie Fest, Trains September 14-15

There is no doubt about it. Philly kids are in for a fantastic September weekend. From opportunities to see beloved children's characters such as Peppa Pig and Thomas the Tank Engine to enchanting themed events featuring faeries and wizards, young ones throughout the region are sure to be filled with delight and adventure. 

After seeing your kids' favorite television idol, make lasting family memories at a local festival. Step back in time to learn about archaeology at Newlin Grist Mill or watch tin smithing and corn husk doll making demonstration at Evans-Mumbower Mill. Ride the amusements at Radnor Fall Festival, taste delicious Mexican cuisine at Penn's Landing, or listen to dynamic storytelling at Howell Living History Farm. Get a jumpstart on seasonal fun and embrace autumn by building a scarecrow at Peddler's Village or taking a hayride at Hellerick's Family Farm.

Don't forget to view our list with the region's best fall consignment sales to outfit your crew for sweater weather. Be sure to check back since new sales are constantly being added. Continue reading for our top picks for the weekend ahead.

Things to Do in DC this Weekend: Fall festivals, Music, Movies September 14-15, 2019

Ahh the weekend...a time to kick back and relax. With school underway and schedules getting back to normal, the temptation might be to stay in, but take a look below and at our events calendar and you’ll have other ideas. This weekend is a perfect time to get out of explore DC. From fall festivals to family music to Cirque du Soleil, there’s much to do and just two days to do it in. So pack up the stroller and some snacks and get goin’! Family memories don’t just make themselves. 

Staten Island with Kids: Top 51 Things to Do for Families

When you ask most New Yorkers what they know about Staten Island, they name-check the Staten Island Ferry and then just stare blankly. But as a mom raising her two sons in NYC's "forgotten borough," I know firsthand how enriching and fun Staten Island can be for families, both residents and visitors.

St. George, where you disembark from the ferry, is probably the neighborhood that feels most like the rest of NYC, with its awesome views of the downtown Manhattan skyline. Many borough attractions are located here, including the minor-league Staten Island Yankees stadium, the stunning St. George Theatre, the sobering Staten Island September 11 Memorial, the Staten Island Museum, plus lots of restaurants and quaint Victorian townhouses. 

But go further inland and it's not just all malls and suburban sprawl. With almost 12,300 acres of protected parkland, Staten Island is rightly known as the greenest borough and boasts some of the most beautiful parks in the city, such as the Staten Island Greenbelt, home to the Carousel for All Children as well as living history museum Historic Richmond Town. Staten Island also has plenty of fun indoor play spaces, a great old-school roller rink, and even a trampoline park. There are lots of culture spots, too, like the Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden and museums located in lovely historic homes like the Alice Austen House. And while a car is helpful in terms of getting around, we actually do have public transportation. Check out the top 51 things to do in Staten Island with kids.

Things To Do in Westchester this Weekend: Riverfest, Fairy Walk, Larchmont Day

There are so many things to do in Westchester and the Hudson Valley on this second weekend of September—and a lot of our top picks are FREE!

Several neighborhoods are celebrating town pride: the Mount Kisco SeptemberFest will be happening all weekend long, and Saturday's celebrations include Larchmont Day, featuring big trucks, pony rides, a bouncy castle, and activity stations; and the annual Yonkers Riverfest, a waterfront street party with performers, kayaking, a kids' carnival area, and other attractions. Choose one of the fall festivals we've told you about, several of which are happening this weekend, or don your best wings and head out for a Fairy Walk.

Read on for details on these and other great events happening this weekend. Our Event Calendar offers many more fun happenings this weekend and beyond in Westchester and the Hudson Valley. If you haven't done so already, sign up for our newsletters!

Things to do on Long Island this Weekend with Kids: Dragon Boat Races, KidStock, Italian Festival

Cheer on dragon boat racing teams as they compete over a 250-meter course at a harborfront festival in Port Jefferson this weekend.

It's all peace and love at Kidstock in Port Washington. This open-air family festival features musical entertainment that kids and parents can enjoy together. There are more festivals at Harbes Family FarmGarden Of Eve, Benner's FarmHofstra University and Hicks Nurseries.

Partake in a day of spy-related tours and activities for Culper Spy Day at the Long Island Museum.

See our Fall Family Fun Guide and our September GoList for the best in seasonal entertainment, including day trip ideas, fall festivals, corn mazes, and plenty of FREE events and activities. As always, our Event Calendar is loaded with fun, daily happenings for Long Island kids.

Horseback Riding in NYC: Lessons and Rides for Kids

Horseback riding in New York City? You bet! While your NYC apartment probably won't accommodate a pet pony, you can indulge your child’s love of horses without leaving town. There are several options for family-friendly horseback riding and grooming lessons, plus drop-in trail riding experiences for a unique way to experience the great outdoors in NYC.

Sadly, Claremont Riding Academy, the last remaining horse stable in Manhattan, closed in 2007 so there's no longer horseback riding in Central Park. However, there are stables in the other four boroughs that allow families to make like it's the Wild West. 

Things To Do in NJ this Weekend: Fright Fest, Corn Mazes, Insect Festival

While it's technically the last weekend of summer, there are plenty of fall-themed things to do this weekend in New Jersey, including corn mazes, fall festivals, and early Halloween fun. Make room on your calendar for seasonal favorites like corn mazes at Alstede Farms and Stony Hill Farms, and the spooky, pre-Halloween Fright Fest at Six Flags Great Adventure.

Take advantage of end-of-summer, almost-fall temperatures when you bask in seaside adventures at the Wind & Sea Festival, old-fashioned fun at Fall Harvest Fest and Spirit of the Jerseys, plus celebrations of bugs and bats.  Don't miss local festivals like Jersey City's All About Downtown Street Fair, PlayDay South Orange, Fanny Wood Day Street Fair, and Bridgewater's Community Day Featuring Touch-a-Truck & Dog Day.

Check out our Fall Fun Guide for NJ Kids for more options for family fun, including 50 Things We Can't Wait to Do with NJ Kids this Fall. And look to our September GoList and event calendar for a complete listing of happenings this weekend and beyond.

Corn Mazes and Haunted Mazes Closest to LA and Orange County

As kids are mostly settled into the new school year, and local orchards are open for apple picking, the next sign of autumn is the corn maze.

Corn mazes are created by a tractor in a growing field of corn—usually following a fairly intricate design. For large mazes, GPS is often used to create a picture that can be seen from the air. A mature corn maze is a true adventure, with walls of corn that are taller than most adults; children (and adults) can for sure lose their way! Most operators recommend kids be at least 5-8 years old before going in alone; use your judgment, of course. Closed-toe shoes are recommended for comfort (sneakers are best), as corn mazes involve walking on uneven ground amid broken cornstalks. And if you head into the maze at dusk, be sure to bring a flashlight!

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